The Story of Modern Skiing Book – Signed by John Fry
The Story of Modern Skiing, an Award-winning book is signed by the author. John Fry, a renowned insider, discusses the ultimate history of skiing through the decades. This is the definitive history of the sport that has exhilarated and infatuated in just North America, about 30 million Americans and Canadians over the course of the last fifty years. Consummate insider John Fry chronicles the rise of a ski culture and every aspect of the sport’s development, including the emergence of the mega-resort and advances in equipment, technique, instruction, and competition.
The Story of Modern Skiing is laced with revelations from the author’s personal relationships with skiing greats such as triple Olympic gold medalists Toni Sailer and Jean-Claude Killy, double gold medalist and environmental champion Andrea Mead Lawrence, first women’s World Cup winner Nancy Greene, World Alpine champion Billy Kidd, Sarajevo gold and silver medalists Phil and Steve Mahre, and industry pioneers such as Vail founder Pete Seibert, metal ski designer Howard Head, and plastic boot inventor Bob Lange. Fry writes authoritatively of alpine skiing in North America and Europe, of Nordic skiing, and of newer variations in the sport: freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and extreme skiing. He looks closely at skiing’s relationship to the environment, its portrayal in the media, and its response to social and economic change.
Maps locating major resorts, records of ski champions, and a time line, bibliography, glossary, and index of names and places make this the definitive work on modern skiing. Skiers of all ages and abilities will revel in this lively tale of their sport’s heritage.
Ski history book has a paperback, 380 pages and is 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches.
Personally signed by the author, my friend John Fry!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface • When It Happened • Where It Happened • People and Place • Genesis • A Way of Life • From Rope Tow to Resort • Technique and Equipment: Partners in Progress • A Revolution in Equipment • Technique: From Stem to Carve • New Ways to Learn • Alpine Competition • The World of Alpine Racing • How Skiing Changed the Olympics • Racing in America • Diversity: New Disciplines, Old Ones Restored • Cross-Country • Extremities • Freestyle • Snowboarding • The Culture and Business of Skiing • “The Industry” • In Print • In Movies, On Television • The New Ski Country • Afterword • Acknowledgments • Appendix: Top World Cup and Olympic Racers • Notes • Glossary • Bibliography • Index of Names and Places
JOHN FRY is the former editor-in-chief of SKI, America’s oldest ski magazine, and founding editor of the award-winning New York Times magazine Snow Country. His contributions to skiing include direct roles in launching the NASTAR (National Standard Ski Race) program, The Nations Cup of alpine ski racing, and the Graduated Length Method of teaching. Fry is a member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and has received the International Skiing History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has skied since childhood in North America and around the world.